The tradition of wearing a knotted piece of fabric around your neck began in the 17th century. During the Prussian wars the Croat mercenaries wore bow ties to hold together the opening of their shirts. This was adopted by the French who called the fabric bows ‘Cravats’ derived from the French word ‘Croat’. The style caught on and became widely popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Since this humble beginning, there have been many variations on the bow tie. Over the years they have been synonymous with various professions. Professors, lawyers, waiters and politicians have all been associated with this fashion piece. Of course, as it is a distinctive part of formal attire, wedding attendees have often worn them. Ready tied or self-tie, they can be found in many different patterns and colours making them the perfect addition to a weekend blazer. Still most often worn for formal occasions, the bow tie is slowly being accepted into popular culture as well. Whether you choose to be formal or informal with your bow tie, you will be joining a long history of men and women at the forefront of fashion.
We have a large range of modern and classic mens bow ties from leading suppliers such as Hunt and Holditch, Sophos, DQT and Lloyd Attree & Smith. Our bow ties include ready tied bows, self tie bows, wedding bows, bow ties for boys and crossover bows. We are continually adding to our stocks where we encounter new and inspirational bow tie designs.
We can supply bow ties and other men's wedding attire for your big day. Most of our bow ties are supplied from stock with larger orders for weddings and formal functions available at short notice. However, we suggest ordering four weeks before your event to be safe.
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